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Dr. Anthony T. Leach - 2021 Keynote Presenter












In addition to his responsibilities in the Penn State School of Music, Leach also provided music direction for the following productions presented by the Penn State School of Theatre and Centre Stage:


Ain’t Misbehavin

Androcles and the Lion

The Fantasticks

Alice in Wonderland

Man of La Mancha

Children of Eden


In the Red and Brown Water

To Kill a Mockingbird


Leach taught music in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York City for fourteen years. His choirs have performed at festivals throughout the United States and Canada as well as tours of England, Scotland, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Spain, France, Germany, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, St. Thomas/U.S. Virgin Islands and South Africa. He has appeared as guest conductor for choral festivals and workshops in Maryland, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Carolina, New York, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Kentucky, Nebraska and Massachusetts. He has also served as guest conductor for festivals in France, Japan, Venezuela, Czech Republic and Norway. In 2004, Leach was co-conductor of the World Youth Choir sponsored by the International Federation of Choral Musicians (IFCM) in South Korea and Japan.


Leach continues to serves as conductor of the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers and Essence 2 Ltd. He is also director of music, worship and the arts at Monumental AME, Steelton, PA. Dr. Leach is a life member of the American Choral Directors Association. Professional affiliations also include the Gospel Music Workshop of America and the National Association for Music Education.

Anthony T. Leach, professor emeritus of music/music education at Penn State was director and founder of Essence of Joy. He served as conductor of the Penn State University Choir from 1994 – 2015 and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education. Leach also coordinated the African American Music Festival at Penn State. Leach holds the PhD in music education and the M. M. in conducting from Penn State, and a B.S. in music education from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA. Leach received the President’s Award for Engagement with Students in 2007. During the 2009 – 2010 academic year, Leach served as Penn State University Laureate. Leach received the Brazeal Dennard Award from Chorus America in 2017 and the Penn State Lion’s Paw Association Award in 2018. Leach received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Lebanon Valley College in October, 2019.

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